Bonnie Lake Professional Review and Guide
"Bonnie Lake isn’t convenient. The 600-foot cliffs that surround it are known only to a few farmers, anglers, and canoeists. It can’t be seen from any road, but is reached by paddling almost a mile up a sluggish creek that is nearly dry by August. Only canoes, rafts, and car-top boats with small motors can make the trip, so the lake is a fairly quiet getaway, an hour from Spokane. Bonnie Lake is home to red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures in the summer, and bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl in the fall and spring.
Raccoons feed on the lake’s crayfish, as do bass, perch, and crappie. Keep your ears tuned for the cascading song of canyon wrens and the flurry of red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds. This is rattlesnake country. Be aware that strong winds are common in the afternoon. Few bays offer security in big blows, and vertical rock shorelines in some areas make beaching impossible. An easy 1- or 2-hour up-lake paddle could possibly turn into an epic on the return trip. Be patient."